“As Butterfly, Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou was outstanding, adroitly handling the higher registers of Puccini’s souring score with clear focus and displaying great vocal agility where needed. Her slight figure belies a voice with considerable power, and she had a clear understanding of the nuances of the role.”
– Welch National Opera 2021 – The Daily Telegraph
Critically acclaimed for her dazzling performances, Ms. Voulgaridou is a regular guest at the most prestigious European and American opera houses, concert halls, and music festivals. She made her professional debut at the Prinzregententheater in Munich as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro under the baton of Sir Colin Davis. Soon afterwards, she sang Sophie in a new August Everding production of Der Rosenkavalier at the Bavarian State Opera. Other roles quickly followed, including Violetta in La Traviata, the three heroines in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Marzelline in Fidelio, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, in Hannover, Munich, Darmstadt, and Cologne. Soon after her great success at the Bregenz Festival as Mimi in La Bohème, she debuted in Geneva as Mimi. Her Berlin Staatsoper debut was also as Mimi opposite Jonas Kaufmann and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
In Italy she won extraordinary critical and popular acclaim for her Marguerite in Faust in Rome and for her debut as Anna Bolena at the Teatro Regio in Turin. She later revisited the role at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. She was invited to the Ravenna Festival for Faust and for concert performances of Mefistofele under the baton of Riccardo Muti, with whom she has also performed the Verdi Requiem. She sang the title role of Verdi’s Luisa Miller at the Teatro Regio in Turin, and Mimi at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Ms. Voulgaridou performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Zurich under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst and was heard as Amelia in Simon Boccanegra at the Grand Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse.
She returned to the Hamburg State Opera to debut Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites in a European telecast conducted by Simone Young and directed by Nikolaus Lenhoff. Other roles for Hamburg include Nedda in I Pagliacci, Margarite in Faust, Madama Butterfly, and Lucrezia in I Due Foscari. She performed Liu under Lorin Maazel in China and Micaela in Carmen at the Teatro alla Scala and in Palermo, Mimi at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Luisa Miller in Stuttgart.
In Valencia she has appeared as Liu under Zubin Mehta and as Micaëla in a new production of Carmen conducted by Lorin Maazel. She subsequently added the title role in Verdi’s Luisa Miller to her repertoire in Valencia opposite Marcelo Alvarez and conducted by Lorin Maazel. She sang Mimi at the Teatro alla Scala under Gustavo Dudamel, and at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Other notable debuts included Desdemona in Otello in Hamburg, the title role of Massenet’s Manon at the Teatro alla Scala, Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine in Sydney, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in Bordeaux.
Ms. Voulgaridou’s discography includes a DVD of a new production of La Bohème from the Opera House of Bregenz, a portrait for Arte Nova Classics Sony BMG with the Bayerisches Rundfunk under Nicola Luisotti, Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito for Sony BMG under Pinchas Steinberg and a DVD of Chen Kaige’s production of Turandot under Zubin Mehta, which has been awarded an Editor’s Choice in the Gramophone Magazine. In 2010 a DVD of Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmelites was released, and in 2013 Puccini’s Madama Butterfly was released, both Hamburg Opera productions. Recent and future engagements include Tosca in Detroit, Madama Butterfly for Welch National Opera, Seattle, Bruxelles, Bogotà and Stockholm, Cavalleria Rusticana, Fernand Cortèz and the new Jeanne Dark by Fabio Vacchi in Florence, and Suor Angelica at Birgitta Festival.